Welcome to the MacMiller Family page at Surname Finder, a service of Genealogy Today. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the MacMiller surname. As additional sources for vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching MacMiller ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The MacMiller Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the MacMiller family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a MacMiller brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering MacMiller Ancestors
Patronymics is the practice of naming children using the given name of the father, grandfather, or other male ancestor preceeded by a prefix. In the case of MacMiller, it is possible that one of your Gaelic/Scottish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Miller." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding MacMiller ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my MacMiller ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for MacMiller
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching MacMiller records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online MacMiller family history resource today.
Origins of the MacMiller Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the MacMiller last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your MacMiller ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
MacMiller DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two MacMiller ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your MacMiller research, read "When do you use DNA?".
MacMiller Family History
There is more to exploring your MacMiller ancestry than just gathering a bunch of names and dates. Understanding where your ancestors lived, how they were employed, and what they did for fun, may give you a better appreciation of your heritage. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing Where can I find a biography of my MacMiller ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with MacMiller Researchers
If you are doing genealogy research in a particular town or region distant from where you live, you may want to consider posting a message board query requesting a lookup; often local volunteers or residents are willing to lend a hand, but remember to be specific in your request and be respectful of others' time. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful MacMiller queries.
You may also want to consider posting a query to the Community Message Boards at Genealogy Today to get assistance from other researchers on your most elusive MacMiller ancestors.
MacMiller Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with MacMiller Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of MacMiller, contact the folks at ProGenealogists for a free research estimate. You may also find it helpful to read, "When, Why and How to Hire a Professional Genealogist."
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Upcoming MacMiller Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong MacMiller family history, which provides opportunities to share stories and visit cemeteries or old home sites; you may even want to consider as a one-day activity, having each family take on the task of gathering information from the local courthouse, school district, public library, etc. -- this, of course, requires advance planning and assignment, but could generate considerable interest and results. The article "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful MacMiller reunion.